To start, the Japanese counter offered a fairly modest selection of sashimi, sushi and fresh seafood served on ice such as poached prawns and cold crab. There's also a live station that has a chef pan frying generous foie gras portions that melts in your mouth. There isn't a limit to the number of rounds you can take, so be sure to head for second servings if you like your foie gras!
The crab dishes are bound to spoil you silly, with many cooking styles offered. We tried the Kam Hiong Crab, we gave off a little spice and kick, and we enjoyed it. The Black Pepper Crab on the other hand, reminds you of the local flavour that we would all be familiar with. Other crab dishes included a very nice and thick Corn and Crab Bisque, as well as Crab Meat Fried Rice. Despite being a buffet, we were pretty impressed with the sizeable crabs that were used, as well as the freshness that tagged along with the quantity.
Apart from the crabs, you can find quite a fair bit of Peranakan dishes on the buffet spread as well. We really enjoyed the Ayam Buah Keluak that came with super tender chicken meat, as well as the soft and geletinous Babi Chin, paired with freshly steamed coconut rice. The Peranakan counter was easily one of our favourites from the buffet spread.
Chinese dishes including Baby Lobster in Black Bean Sauce, a full on Red Snapper with Nonya Sauce and freshly made Pork and Seafood Spicy Wanton were also present on the spread, giving the whole buffet a pretty good balance of each cuisine.
For desserts, be sure to try their signature Durian Pengat if you are a love the king of fruits. If you don't - fret not, there are also a few traditional desserts for you to choose from (and something every mother would probably approve of) such as Pulut Hitam, Peanut Cream, White Fungus with Pear and freshly made on-site Muah Chee. There's also a selection of cakes, in case your sweet tooth doesn't get enough.
With Father's Day just round the corner, it's the perfect place to be at for that special celebration for the daddies out there. There's definitely something for everyone in the family, and lots of crab, of course. And if you need another reason to be at the crab buffet - just think that we are already almost done with half of 2017 and it's time to gather the friends for a mini celebration!
Ellenborough Market Cafe
Swissotel Merchant Court
20 Merchant Road
+65 6239 1847/1848
This was an invited media tasting.